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Lynparza Approval Shows Benefit/Risk Contrast In Maintenance, Relapse Settings

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AstraZeneca’s olaparib gains accelerated approval for fourth-line treatment of ovarian cancer – a different indication than the maintenance claim publicly vetted and rejected by FDA’s Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee due to the drug’s toxicities and concerns about the reliability of progression-free survival data.

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